All New Tata Kite 5 Compact Sedan Unveiled at 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, Launch Later this Year
The Tata Zica-based Kite 5 compact sedan has finally broken covers at the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo 2016 with much expectations thrusted upon it. The successor to the Indigo eCS. looks identical to the recently launched Zica hatchback but resemblances end at the rakish C-pillar.
The sub-4m sedan will be positioned below the Tata Zest sedan and features short overhangs and a stubby rear-end, much like its main comeptitors, that could accommodate 420 litres of bootspace. It has well proportioned looks and has a honeycomb grille up front.
It rivals against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo sedan and Hyundai Xcent in the highly competitive entry-level sub-compact sedan segment.
As for the interiors, many features will be carried over from the Zica hatchack with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, voice assisted navigation via NaviMaps app, three-spoke steering wheel with button controls for audio and bluetooth streaming, HVAC control surrounds, infotainment system, eight-speaker 2-DIN audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity and much more. The Zica hatchback is 3,746 mm long which means the Indian manufacturer has had an ample 254 mm to play with as the sub-four metre segment requires 3,995 mm standard length.
The engines powering the Kite 5 are similar to that of the Zica with the 1.2-litre REVOTRON three-cylinder MPFI petrol engine delivering 85 PS of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. It will be coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.05-litre REVOTORQ three-cylinder CRDI unit pumps out 70 PS of maximum power output at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque between 1,800 rpm and 3,000 rpm. This engine will also be coupled with the same five-speed manual transmission and an Automated Manual Transmission version could be introduced at a later time.